Exercises for Olympian Legs

Exercising the legs is paramount in creating a balanced look and improving fitness. Not only will it help you build more overall muscle, you'll look great too. Here are some of the best exercises to help you develop impressive legs.

- Squats
One of the best overall muscle builders for the legs. Stand straight with either a barbell behind your neck or dumbbells at your sides. Slowly lower yourself until your thighs are parallel to the floor, pause and slowly press yourself back to the starting position. Remember to keep your back straight and look up during the entire exercise.

- Leg Presses
Lie back on the leg press machine, place your feet on the platform firmly about shoulder width apart. Maintain a slight bend in the knees. Draw your knees back, lowering the platform and weights. Extend your legs and push the platform back to the start position.

- Leg Extensions
An exercise that really targets the legs. Sit back in the leg extension machine with your ankles behind the supports. Extend your legs so they are out in front of you, pause and return to the starting position slowly.

- Lunges
Grab a pair of dumbbells and hold them at your sides, feet together. Keeping your back as straight as you can, take a step forward so that your right knee is at right angles with your ankle and the floor. Pause, then return to the starting position. Repeat with the left leg.

- Calf Raises
This exercise blitzes the calfs, prepare to feel the burn. Grab a pair of dumbbells and hold them at your sides with your feet together, stand straight and tall. Move up on to the balls of your feet, pause for 10 seconds and then return to the starting position with your feet flat on the floor.

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